The Cité du Vin is not only unavoidable for its content and story, it is also unavoidable architecturally speaking. Its tower is striking, overlooking the Garonne river and clearly visible from the historic city center.
What to expect?
The museum tells you the story of wine. Its geography, its challenges with climate and climate change, its history from the Egyptians to the phylloxera plague in the 19th Century to the World Wars and recent times. But it also explains how innovation works, how to smell wine with hands-on experiments and so on.
So the Cité du Vin is a comprehensive museum. If you book a the Belvedère tower as well, you get an included glass of wine upstairs. The Belvedère offers nice views on the Bacalan neighbourhood and the city as a whole.
We enjoyed the museum much, but we didn’t stay too long as we wanted to see other sights in Bordeaux. Also it was a Sunday morning and there was a fleet of cruise ship tourists so it was crowded.
I am sure we would have spent more time soaking up the wine (history) if it was less crowded.
Admission is included in your Bordeaux City Pass in the morning, not in the afternoon. Just so you know.